MERCER COUNTY – A Franklin man was charged Monday in the December murder of his brother in law. Forty-five-year-old Ralph Leroy Young is accused of fatally shooting 58-year-old David Allan Dignall in the back with a shotgun. Police affidavits say the motive appears to be a dispute over property and finances. Young is being held without bail in the Mercer County Prison.
Dignall’s body was found December 20th, near his home in Carlton, badly scorched and lying next to his burning van. In addition to first and third degree murder charges, Young also faces arson-related charges, and a charge of abuse of a corpse.